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Louvre Roof and Centenary frame

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Louvre Roof and Centenary frame

Louvre roof and Centenary Frame

Louvre roof and Centenary frame offers a sensational options when considering having an opening and closing louvre roof for your verandah. Often we get asked what options we have for inserting our Eclipse Louvre roof into. Totally Outdoors can provide a range of frame options however the Centenary frame is a popular choice.

Benefits from the Louvre roof and Centenary frame include: Colorbond Steel - Centenary is a colour steel with approx 60% gloss. This provide an attractive option with the benefits of the exceptional durability of coloured steel. Warranty & Durability - with a 25 years structural warranty Centenary frame and 10 years Eclipse Louvre warranty provides a combined manufacturers warranty unequalled in either other steel producers or aluminium louvre producers.

Why because our manufacturers believe in the proven experience and quality of their products. Low Maintenance - repainted steel offer incredible maintenance performance in non-mechanical application. This plus no painting and only minimal general cleanup due to dust and dirt provide substantial low maintenance outcome. Attractive Profiles - Centenary frames have a most attractive shape. This fact combined with the square side finish allow many additional items to be fastened to frame. These may include items such as - handrails, blinds, lights. walls.

Louvre Roof - our Eclipse aluminium louvres plus marine grade stainless steel fittings ensure that the operation of your louvre roof is of mechanical use products that will provide extremely low maintenance for their application. Remote control and Rain sensor is standard with our projects. Where do we Supply and Install Totally Outdoors supplied both Eclipse and centenary products throughout Victoria. Installation normally restricted to within 100km of Melbourne or by arrangement. These areas include melbourne metro such as Brighton, Sandringham, Black Rock through to Sorrento. Picture in Blog was in eastern Gippsland township Moe.

Just all our office if you wish to enquire if we can help you. Display Centre Totally Outdoors display centre provide a display demonstrating many verandah, pergola and patio project options including the Louvre roof and Centenary frame combo. Open Weekdays from 9.00am to 4.30pm with Saturday only by prior appointment. To arrange a personal appointment to review displays or arrange an onsite design consultation ring 9796 7158 during business horse or email us and we'll call you. Totally Outdoors is a platinum registered distributor for Fielders centenary

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Verandah Alfresco - Deck at Point Cook

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Verandah Alfresco - Deck at Point Cook

Our recently completed Verandah Alfresco - Deck  at Point Cook ,in Melbourne's fast growing Western suburbs, is a perfect example of adding a significant value to your home. The Solarspan Verandah ,Alfresco styled, included insulated roof and deck to rear and side of dwelling.

Featuring Solarspan roofing with skylights the roof provides a range of benefits that a single skin metal roof cannot.

Project was decked under existing Alfresco with the new skillion Verandah wrapping around the dwelling providing extensive deck and roofed area for outdoor entertaining plus for kids to play in the shade or dry.

Solarspan blocks_heatSolarspan Roof  includes insulation. This benefit ensure substantial reduction in heat from sun penetrating through roof via radiant heat. When cooler conditions prevail then inclusion of patio blind quickly makes area a outdoor room .

comfortableCondensation - no condensation under roof such as we get with single skin metal roofing. Upside being no drips on furniture and other outdoor items throughout those spring and autumn months.

Lighting - lights can be installed under roof. This means instead of being restricted to dwelling of beams and post your lights can be positioned with much more flexibility and balance.

strong_durableStrong and Durable Solarspan product is engineered to allow project to included a traffic able roof. This extra strength allows significant clear spans up to 6 and 7 meters to make your living area only ceiling not full of rafters and beams. This benefit plus a 10 year warranty providing peace of mind for your project.

DeckSTAR Merbau Decking Logo In this Verandah Alfresco Deck at Point Cook we also installed an engineered Deckstar deck under project. Deckstar is an engineered deck providing laminated substructure with either Merbau or treated Rubber wood veneered top. This excellent product provide only long lengths, pre-straigthened plus again a 10 year warranty. These benefits provide our clients with a much improved product performance expectations, more even visual deck outcome (no shorts providing patchy mixed colours) and with timber guaranteed to be straight a significantly better finished outcome.

As is Totally Outdoors usual approach the timber posts and beams used Merbau. Our great faith in this extremely durable, fire resistant and visually appealing timber, without unsightly defects, simply makes this timber a win win for both Totally Outdoors plus their clients. Merbau's ability to remain true and straight with minimal maintenance ensure owners get true value by using this timber for their projects.

To see more picture on this project and others click this link to visit Totally Outdoors Solarspan project page here

Totally Outdoors also has an Indoor Display Centre at its Hallam offices open Monday to Friday or Saturday by prior appointment. Ring 9796 7158 to arrange your personal walk through.

Display Centre Address: factory 1 - 26/28 Abbott Road Hallam

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Build Renovation Expo Display 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Build Renovation Expo Display 2013

Build Renovation Expo Display 2013 was headlined by the first public display of Totally Outdoors new Flat Louvre Blade (Eclipse) in Melbourne. The expo held over weekend 12-14th July 2013 introduced a new Eclipse Louver  Blade which is a further advancement of Eclipse Opening and Closing Roofing Louvers which Totally Outdoors has represented successfully over the last 5 years.

This new Flat Louver blade certainly created substantial client interest with it's fine sleek finish both in an open and closed situation. The "new look" finish plus other durability and warranty benefits keeps making Totally Outdoors the leading outdoor living builder in Melbourne.

Some of the general benefits Totally Outdoors & Eclipse provide:

  • Fully extruded Aluminium Louver
  • Maximum spans up to 3.9m\
  • Stainless Steel connections
  • No colour restrictions - Powder Coated to Clients requirements
  • Full remote controlled operation including ability to be integration into home automation systems
  • Rain Sensor as standard certainly a real plus for clients.
  • Multiple Frame options ensuring clients not restricted to one or two frame outcome options.
  • 10 Year Manufacturers Warranty on Blades
  • 2 Year Manufacturers Warranty on Motors and other electrical.
  • Colourbond frame option include the 25 years Centenary Structural Warranty
  • Full 180 degree opening not limed to 90 degrees.
  • Flat underside Blade and Rain proof when closed
  • Experience - Manufacturer HV Aluminum operating since mid 1960's in home improvement industry.

In the Build & Renovation Expo Display 2013 Totally Outdoors showcased a clear stained laminated Dressed Merbau timber frame provided by Home Hardware in Beaconsfield.

This visually appealing timber ticked all the boxes on strength, durability and visual outcome. The choice of laminated timber ensure's consistency in outcome, strength and high grade durability of Merbau to most weather situations. Merbau is a very high fire resistant timber so can be specified in a range of Bush Fire Zones.

Simply the Build Renovation Expo Display 2013 was a display that could be considered for many locations including coastal and most bush areas. These benefits plus the Flat louver being an aluminium blade with stainless steel fitting combine products for high durability and product life.

Using a timber bulk head style with down lights display demonstrated a step forward from traditional builders still using treated pine or KD Hardwood. Whilst timber will always require some attention having a particularly "pretty"  durable timber provides clients with ability to gain a "wow factor" with peace of mind.

Timber posts were a 140 x 140 laminated Merbau also to ensure the bulk of the post matched the fullness of the bulk heads. Bulkhead width's were approx. 350mm however designs are available will allow this to increase to approx 500mm to match dwelling eaves.

Totally Outdoors, who has a fully undercover intergrated display centre, will be upgrading display centre to include this new timber design plus the new Eclipse Flat blade over coming months.

This is a continuation of  Totally Outdoors desire to provide potential clients a chance to view products and outcome options, prior to installation, to ensure their outdoor living project will meet their requirements.

Display Centre is open daily Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.30pm. Weekends by prior arrangement.

Address: Factory 1 , 26/8 Abbott Road Hallam

To make an appointment ring 9796 7158 during office hours or email

Build Renovation Expo Free Tickets - thanks for all the patrons who came to our stand and thanked us for the 40 or so free tickets we were able to distribute leading up to the Expo. We always appreciate your feedback and our team were glad we could save yuu  some money on your entrance to expo.

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Build Renovation Expo 2013

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Build Renovation Expo 2013

This update is to announce that we are excited to advise the expo organisers have invited Totally Outdoors to provide another Outdoors Display for the up and coming Build Renovation Expo 2013. This offer for Totally Outdoors to assist by adding another outdoors display is provided us with an opportunity to also display our Fielders Centenary Carports and Verandah products.

Fielders Centenary Carports and Verandahs

This product has proven history to provide flexible design outcomes across both domestic and Commercial applications with Australia's best manufacturers warranty.

Totally Outdoors is a premium distributor for Fielders Centenary products.

Our Stands now at Build & Renovation Expo 2013

F45 - Opening & Closing Roof Verandah featuring our new Flat Eclipse Louver blade in a Merbau  bulkheaded timber frame

F52 - Centenary Carport & Verandah display featuring the exceptional qualities and design flexibilities of Fielders Centenary. This display will feature both a Gable and Flat roof Verandah

We look forward to seeing any of our clients new or old at this years Expo. Come and say hello.

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Free Tickets to Build Renovation Expo

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Totally Outdoors does have some free tickets to Build Renovation Expo available for clients and friends to use. This Expo does have some very good new initiatives with a reducing power selling stands and a clear increase in Build & Renovation stands with builder and manufacturers providing material, design and building options. This move is to take the "market type " outcome into a more serious investigative and learning expo focused on Build & Renovating.

Family Activity Zone: clearly good idea is an area set aside for the kids to be entertained while parents wander the expo. A real plus for mums and dads and kids as area a proactive learning area for the kids certain to keep them entertained. Children can definitely expect to hear some stories about Bob the Builder and The Three Little Pigs!

Were: Build & Renovation Expo - Melbourne Exhibition Centre - South Whalf

When: 12 - 14 Th July 2013 - see expo site for opening times

Where are Totally Outdoors: we are on stand F45 adjacent to Kiosk to rear of main hall.

How to get the free tickets: Send us and email and we will forward password to generate your tickets on-line. Remember strictly limited supply, so first in basis with maximum 2 per enquiry.

What we showing on Stand:

We are pushing the limits with a new inovative Verandah design incorporating high quality merbau timber, respected as a premium outdoor timber, incorporating bulkheads plus the introduction of Eclipse's New Flat Louver Opening and Closing Roof. This new design style is certainly about to provide Melbourne with a fresh approach to design setup for Louvre roofing projects. Incorporating our new modern flat louvre blade with its exceptional durability and visual appeal.

Totally Outdoors has prided itself with being willing and able to provide clients with multiple choice in design options for their outdoor living areas. We believe this is a further step in providing the best building service in melbourne to provide flexible but high quality project options from one builder. If you want to check out the program and activities of the Build & Renovation Expo we suggest visiting their web site... click here Please contact us soon if you want Free tickets to Build Renovation Expo as tickets limited. Look forward to seeing you there at Stand F45

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Portsea - Opening and Closing Louver Project

Monday, May 13, 2013

Portsea - Opening and Closing Louver Project

This recently finished Portsea - Opening and Closing Louver Project featuring Eclipse Aluminum louver blades over a raised Deck area certainly makes an outstanding architectural statement to this new dwelling and the entertainment area as a whole. Design GoalsThe outcome to design a Verandah to blend with the new dwelling was owners overall goal. Control light, shade and weather was a must. Design therefore set about  blending of new timber frame and posts to the timber highlights of the dwelling.

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Performance The Eclipse Aluminum powder coated blade certainly performs in a seaside environment such as Mornington peninsula and locations close to the sea such as Portsea, Flinders, Rosebud, Mt Eliza etc.. Eclipse also has stainless steel turning pins to ensure long term performance in coastal applications to the opening and closing operation of the roof.

This connection allowed the deck and new Verandah bea blended function of the overall dwelling design rather than just an add-on. The Open or closed view of the beam from below or on the deck allows the dwelling to vary in appearance dependent upon the time of day.


Owners were keen to ensure long term durability and performance of the aluminum and stainless components rather than colorbond pressed blades and chose eclipse for this benefit amongst other reasons. Multi  Banked  SectionsDue to length of deck a multi-section design was chosen. This allows either individual opening or combined opening of each blade bank. This option provided flexibility to owners to operate each section independently or together.

The bulk head type louver sections also allowing lighting to become a feature of the joining sections between the roof louvers. this design providing excellent light location during the evening usage.

Colours & Shape A light coloured finish to the blade to provide good light bounce plus match dwelling colours. As blades are "powder coated to order" owners had no problems obtaining a colour match  to their dwelling. The shape of the Eclipse bade also provide good visual outcomes regardless of be open or closed. Whilst not a major factor is a important to have a visual blade shape that owners liked. Eclipse louveres mulitple sections

Summary This Portsea - Opening and Closing Louver Project is a great example of the outcome for a louvered roof with a view to die for.

Owners now have the ability to control light and shade via Eclipses 180 degree blade range plus a fully locking blade to control rain when required. Design outcome was an important factor and Eclipse blades provided to be a  clear winner to this beautiful architecturally designed house.

For more information on this and other Eclipse louvered opening and closing roof systems in Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula Ring Totally Outdoors (during business hours Monday to Friday ) on 9796 7158 or email us     button_email or visit our web site @  for more information on Totally Outdoors and our products. Display Center Open Monday to Friday click here for more information - Click

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Verandah Display Centre - Open Day

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Verandah Display Centre - Open Day  May 25th 2013

With winter arriving it's time to be ready for spring and summer. Our traditional Verandah Display Centre - Open Day will be held on Saturday 25th May 2013 at our Hallam offices.

Being located in an undercover environment our Verandah Display Centre Open Day ensures visiting, seeing and discussing your home or business project in a relaxed undercover environment is possible.

Why should I attend?

We have found by customers viewing and touch directly our products, seeing design options and discussing their outcomes helps ensure the best possible outcomes.

What products will I see? We have a range of project styles and product materials on show. These include Eclipse Opening and closing Louver Roofs, Solarspan Insulated Alfresco and Outdoor Room Products plus Fielders Centenary Carports and Pergola Frames and Roofing.

What designs on Display?

A range range of gabled (pitched) Skillion (flat) Alfresco and Louvered projects. Decking featuring DeckStar decking and screens plus other related products.

Why Plan my project now?

It normally takes a minimum 6 - 8 weeks to arrange your permits and have work started on your project from order. Therefore is all going to plan a decision in June brings a works start date approx August. Whilst many builder allude to  different lead-time the plan and permit process is unavoidable and should be strongly considered element. having your project finished by September / October ensure your landscaping and other projects are completed in time.

When and Where is it Open day on?

Saturday May 25th 2013 - between 9.00am and 3.30pm - Verandah Display Centre - Open day being on Saturday provides many couples the chance to see and discuss their project together without having to rush home from work during the week.

Address: Factory 1 - 26/28 Abbott Road Hallam - Our central south eastern location is convenient to princess highway and south eastern freeway therefore making your trip from Eltham, Brighton, Warragul or Mornington Peninsula with good freeway access and parking onsite. Click here for map

Should I bring the Kids?

Yes display centre is undercover and secure (kid friendly) so the whole family is welcome.

Can I make an appointment ?

Yes we encourage customers to arrange a time that suits them and help us have available staff to discuss their project. So please give us a ring on 9796 7158 during office hours.

Are you Open any other Day ?

Yes, our Verandah Display Centre - Open day is open monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.30pm. Saturday appointments by prior arrangement. We look forward to seeing you at our next Verandah Display Centre - Open day sharing a coffee while discussing your requirements.

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Solarspan Verandah and Deck - Eltham

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Solarspan Verandah and Deck - Eltham

Our new project of a Solarspan Verandah and Deck - Eltham provides owners with a sensational view, hugh entertainment area plus an insulated alfresco ceiling to a north facing aspect.

The north eastern area of Melbourne enjoy's and largely has maintained the ambience of unspoilt woodlands and wildlife. Suburbs such as Montmorency, Research, Greensbrough through to Warrandyte, Park Orchards and Ringwood all have terrain and an 'outer suburb" feel to their surrounds. Often a deck is the viable and reasonable solution where entertainment areas are remote to main internal living areas.

In the Solarspan Verandah and Deck - Eltham project the rear of dwelling from living rooms was a full 3mtrs from ground so owners new only solution to provide contact from an outdoor area was to have a high deck.

Deck area of approx 9m x 5m with a alfresco ceiling solarspan insulated roof was chosen.

This width and depth of deck would ensure the outdoor entertainment area was big enough to suit most usage options whilst providing room for the usual furniture and storage items.

Solarspan was chosen to ensure are remain comfortable on both hot and cold days. Solarspan roof also does not have the condensation of standard metal roofs ensuring furniture remain unspoilt. Design included of some skylights to maintain some natural light. This benefit of a solarspan roof option is preferable to normal Alfreco's which tend to have no allowance for natural light. Solarspans wipeable ceiling also provide easy maintenance.

Decking selected was Merbau - kiln dried, which is well known as providing high durability, high fire rated and strong underfoot floor. Totally Outdoors often uses this very predicable timber. Its lack of general defects including knots, gum veins plus its known performance qualities ensure known outcomes for our client.

Upper timber frame and handrails incorporated Merbau timber including laminated posts 115mm and 90mm. Subfloor was Treated Pine Dry F7 and Cypress Pine 100mm posts. Using the dressed Merbau to main area ensured a high quality and durable outcome to visual areas of project.

Handrails used both Merbau rails with stainless steel wire to insure views remained part of the ambience of the whole project outcome. Again using Merbau (a hardwood) will assist is reducing movement whilst providing high durability.

All timber will need a final staining to ensure visual appearance and weathering reduced.

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To enquire about your home project contact us on (BH) 03 - 796 7158 or email us via our contact page button_email

Totally Outdoors emphasis is quality products & projects that are "Built to Last"

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Verandah Pergola Brighton

Friday, March 08, 2013

Verandah Pergola Brighton

This recent project - Verandah Pergola  Brighton in Melbourne was designed to lead occupants out of dwelling into entertainment area away from dwelling. The dwelling was situation on a deep but narrow block. Dwelling rear rooms allowing vision into the back yard, to see what the kids were doing, but have an effective entertainment area was the owners aim.

First priority was have a dry back door then meander Verandah Pergola Brighton around to side boundary therefore opening up back yard to light and a generous play area.

We provided a combined Open & Closing Louver and Solarspan roof combination to provide light and shade but also extend dry area to side boundary.

Using an opening and closing louvre roof between the fixed roof of solarspan meant that the area could be opened up to light ensuring the area never had to have a dark outcome of a fully solid roof.

The use of columns and bulkheads between the varied roof application provide perfect solution to combined what are vastly different roofs. Plus the render bulkheads/columns just look smart and modern.

In areas along Melbourne's southern Port Phillip bay beaches such as Brighton, Sandringham, Mordialloc, Mentone etc., the need to provide durable products in the "seaside" environment in a must. We chose the Eclipse and Solarspan products due to their modern style, durability  and quality outcomes.

We hope you agree Project - Verandah Pergola Brighton shows these elements.

Eclipse opening and closing louver roof system that has been in the Australian mart for over 20 years. Its simple but effective system utilising high quality Aluminium Louver blades attached via stainless steel pins provide a quality product that can be used throughout most areas of Australia. The stainless fitting plus aluminium blades ensure that seaside application will be of no concern unlike colorbond louver products.


Solarspan Insulated roofing product provide a durable quality outcome for those wanting a ceiling to their outdoor area without the issues of cleaning and maintaining a traditional painted plaster option.

Display Centre

Our undercover Display Centre at Hallam provides a range of project examples for clients to view, touch and discuss.

Open - Monday to Friday 9.00 to 4.30pm - Saturdays by appointment.

Telephone (BH) 03-9796 7158 to arrange a free design consolation at your home or arrange a personal inspection of our display centre.

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Solarspan beating the heat

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Solarspan beating the heat

Solarspan beating the heat via Totally Outdoors introduction of Solarspan. Incorporating Solarspan roof with its durable ceiling for Verandahs, Pergolas and Alfresco area's is providing clients with a true insulated roof product for their outdoor entertainment areas. With proven benefits, not found in conventional roofing, utilising Solarspan Roofing into your project not ensures cooler summers but, warmer winters for your outdoor entertainment area.

Solarspan provides a proven viable option for outdoor room options that is durable, effective and architecturally  modern.


Benefits including

  • Fully back Manufacturers Warranty
  • Insulated Properties
  • Deadens noise and stops condensation
  • Ability to include lighting to ceiling
  • Sensational Durability inside and out.
  • Visually Appealing

See our Display Centre

Our undercover display centre feature a wide range of verandahs, pergolas and decking projects.

Our interest is building durable and visually appealing projects that add value to lifestyle and your home. We believe and have invested in providing this Display Centre to assist our clients with making the right product and design choice for their outdoor project.

Suppliers products on display include:

  • Fielders Centenary Carports and Patios
  • Eclipse Opening and Closing Louver roofs
  • Bondor Solarspan Insulated roofing
  • DeckStar engineered decking

Address: Factory 1 - 26/28 Abbott Road Hallam

Times: Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm - Weekends by appointment only

Telephone: Business hours 03-97967158

If your planning your verandah for summer or winter usage come along and discuss your requirements and needs with Totally Outdoors friendly staff. With over 20 years experience helping clients with their outdoor areas we know we can provide the design and product options for your home project.  

Totally Outdoors designing and building projects that are " Built to last"

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